Advocate recognized for work with Eagle County domestic violence victims
AVON — Hope Flores, a victim advocate at Bright Future Foundation in Avon, has been awarded the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate.
She accepted the award at the Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference in Vail in June. The conference is a joint effort of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Flores was nominated for the award by her peers for her exceptional work in the field of domestic violence victim advocacy, eight years of which have been with Bright Future Foundation. Flores is recognized for her dedication, compassion and for her successful work within Eagle County.
“What an amazing honor for an amazing person. It is a joy and a privilege to work alongside Hope each day as we serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Sheri Mintz, executive director of Bright Future Foundation.
Flores works closely with teen victims who wish to pursue higher education. This past year she was influential in helping a young woman attain a full-ride, four-year scholarship to a state university.
Flores said she was shocked to receive the recognition.
“With so many advocates around the state doing such great work, they chose to honor me? I still can’t believe it,” she said.
‘BORN TO BE AN ADVOCATE’
“Hope is a kind, generous and positive individual that was born to be an advocate. She is so passionate about what she does, and it shows,” said Yvonne Jacobs, board chair of Bright Future Foundation and president of Slifer Designs. “Not only has she been a motivational figure in these young people’s lives, but she helps each victim rise above their obstacles and empowers them to live happy and healthy lives. No one is more deserving than Hope for this award.”
The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence presents the Purple Ribbon Awards annually to honor those who work to improve the safety of domestic violence victims and their children throughout Colorado.